Where to Celebrate 4th of July in Atlanta

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    Where to Celebrate 4th of July in Atlanta

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    The 4th of July is just around the corner. No plans yet?  Rest assured the city of Atlanta has you covered. As evidenced by our myriad festivals and holiday celebrations, Atlanta is one city that celebrates in style, and Independence Day is no exception. Whether you start your morning running the Peachtree Road Race, or cheering from the sidelines with a Shake Shack breakfast burger in hand, a day chockfull of festivities, feasts and fireworks awaits. Click through the slideshow for our guide to the top 4th of July celebrations in Atlanta this year.

    Story by Tiffany Jaquins. The Atlanta expert for About Travel, Kate Parham Kordsmeier, can be reached on twitter @KPKords or via email at kpkords@gmail.com. Don't forget to like us on Facebook    

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    Takeout BBQs and Picnic from Top Atlanta restaurants

    ••• Fried chicken dinner at Watershed on Peachtree. Photo by Green Olive Media.

    Takeout BBQs and Picnic from Top Atlanta restaurants

    We’ve all been there…you want to go to one of the city’s best holiday celebrations, but between family plans and errands that never got done, you just don’t have the time. Don’t panic! We’ve picked out the best to-go menus for your 4th of July celebrations that don’t skimp on their quality in place of convenience.

    • Watershed on Peachtree
      • Normally reserved exclusively for Wednesday night dinners, the Southern resto is serving up their famous fried chicken and biscuits in honor of the 4th of July. Call 404-809-3561 by noon on June 26 to reserve your plate ($16 per person)—sides of mashed potatoes, collard greens and slaw can be purchased for an extra $5 per person.
    • King + Duke
      • For feeding up to 4 people, you can purchase Executive Chef Ej Hodgkinson’s 4th of July cookout meal for $100; orders must be placed by June 29 and can be made by calling 404-477-3500.
    • Terminus City
      • Kevin Gillespie’s newest venture might not have its own location...MORE yet, but that hasn’t stopped them from crafting up an Independence Day feast to remember. For $50, you’ll get 2 pounds of barbecue pork, 1 pint of Revival potato salad, 1 pint of coleslaw, 6 chocolate chip cookies, 6 sandwich rolls, barbecue sauce and pork cracklings. Call 404-380-1886 to place your order by July 1. All orders will be picked up at Gunshow. For an additional $15, you’ll receive a signed copy of Gillespie’s new cookbook, “Pure Pork Awesomeness.”
    • Table & Main
      • Don't miss out on this delicious 4th of July celebration with a family-style dinner. Closed for normal dinner service, Roswell’s Table & Main will offer a take-out dinner with fried chicken, coleslaw, macaroni & cheese, baked beans, cornbread and potato chip cookies for $79. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, July 1 and can be made by calling 678-869-5178.
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    46th Annual AJC Peachtree Road Race

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    46th Annual AJC Peachtree Road Race

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: The race begins in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park.

    Price: Free to watch.

    Need to Know: Now in its 46th installment, the race will attract 60,000 runners and even more spectators in this classic celebration of the red, white and blue and the city of Atlanta. There is no parking at the start or finish of the race, so consider using MARTA. (Hint: Lenox station is the best starting point for the race, and the Midtown and Art Center Stations are best for the finish line.)

    Don’t Miss: Many restaurants around the race route are offering special offers in celebration of this time-honored Atlanta tradition. We’ve picked out our favorites to help you kick of your 4th of July festivities:

    • Shake Shack: This fast-casual burger joint will open at 7 a.m. just for Peachtree Road Race spectators. Don't miss out on the special Shack Corn Dog, only available form 7/2 to 7/6, paired with the all-new "Peach Pie...MORE Oh My" concrete made with H&F Bread Co.'s peach pie.
    • Corso Coffee: Doors to Buckhead Atlanta's chicest coffee shop open at 7 a.m. with a full bar on the patio for Peachtree spectators and runners alike. Runners can refuel with roadside espresso vodka shots, while spectators can sip on $5 Bloody Mary’s made with Deep Eddy Vodka and other specialty cocktails.
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    Sweet Auburn Barbecue

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    Sweet Auburn Barbecue

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: 656 North Highland Ave Atlanta, GA 30306

    Price: No entry fees; cost of food and drink only.

    Need to Know: What is the 4th of July without barbecue? ‘Cue connoisseurs will want to head to Sweet Auburn Barbecue for a night filled with patriotic specials, like $1 wings, $2 ribs and $3 tallboys throughout the day. As if that wasn’t enough, each guest will receive a free Fla-Vor-Ice to cool off and enjoy the summer heat with. The restaurant will close at 8 p.m. so everyone can go get a prime seat for fireworks.

    Don’t Miss: For everyone running in the Peachtree, Sweet Auburn Barbecue will provide the prefect rehydration tool: a free PBR. Just bring in your race bib, and your first drink of the night will be on the house.

     

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    King + Duke

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    King + Duke

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: 3060 Peachtree Rd NW at W Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305

    Price: $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under.

    Need to Know: Why spend all day slaving over a hot grill when you could leave it to the pros? King + Duke’s 4th of July cookout is one for the books! Executive Chef EJ Hodgkinson has crafted up a special Independence Day menu featuring family-style platters filled with grilled chicken, ribs and hot dogs served up with classic cookout sides including baked beans, collard greens, potato salad and cornbread. A to-go cookout menu that feeds up to 4 can be purchased for $100; orders must be placed by June 29 and can be made by calling 404-477-3500.

    Don’t Miss: The patio bar will offer $2 PBRs, specialty cocktails and corn hole, making the party perfect for stopping by before heading over to the Lenox Square fireworks show – it’s only 1.5 miles away!

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    Georgia Aquarium 4th of July Parties

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    Georgia Aquarium 4th of July Parties

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

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    Need to Know: The Georgia Aquarium has two fun-filled 4th of July celebrations in store.

    For guests 21 and older, grab a ticket to the aquarium’s Red, White & Brew for unlimited beer samples, barbecue and live music from The Regulars Band. There will also be complimentary caricature drawings by Team Artboy, all in the aquarium's Oceans Ballroom with views of the beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks. You’ll end the night on Level 7 of the aquarium's parking deck for spectacular views of the Centennial Olympic Park fireworks show.

    For families with underage kiddos, don’t fret. The aquarium is also hosting the Red, White & View event with carnival games, desserts and drinks, arts and crafts and a live DJ on Level 6 of the aquarium's parking deck. You'll join the Red, White...MORE & Brew on the Level 7 of the deck for a great finale to the night.

    Don’t Miss: If you’re attending the Red, White & View celebration, don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs, games to play and your own picnic baskets and coolers. 

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    56th Annual Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

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    56th Annual Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: 3393 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326

    Price: Free to attend.

    Need to Know: Join over 350,000 patriotic Atlantans in the city’s most popular 4th of July celebration at Lenox Square, complete with live music from Gump Fiction and Party on the Moon. The fireworks are set to begin at 9:40 p.m., so be sure to get there early to snag a primo seat. Fun fact: over 10,000 fireworks will be used in this year’s event.

    Don’t Miss: While the mall is only open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. over the holiday, some of the on-site restaurants will keep their doors open for dinner during the event:

     

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    Smokebelly BBQ

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    Smokebelly BBQ

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: 128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

    Price: No entry fees; cost of food and drink only.

    Need to Know: Smokebelly BBQ is pulling out all the stops this 4th of July with their Red, White & Q event. The star of the show is a free whole-hog roast for everyone who stops by (while supplies last). The event starts at 4 p.m., and there will be live music from 6 to 9 p.m. 

    Don’t Miss: You can’t have a whole-hog roast without the drink specials to match. Not only will PBRs be $2, but “From the Vine” cocktails (made with vodka, seasonal fruit purée, lime juice and simple syrups) are just $5. 

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    Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field

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    Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

    Price: Ticket prices vary and can be purchased here.

    Need to Know: What could be more Atlantan than spending Independence Day watching baseball at Turner Field? The Atlanta Braves will rival the Philadelphia Phillies, so don your red, white and blue to cheer on both the Braves and the U.S.A.

    Don’t Miss: The popular All-American Fireworks Spectacular will immediately follow the Braves’ win (cough, Take that Philly, cough) and will be set to your favorite patriotic music (who’s ready for an encore of “Proud to be An American”?).

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    Polaris

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    Polaris

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: 265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

    Price: No entry fees; cost of food and drink only.

    Need to Know: Celebrate the 4th of July with one of the best views of the Atlanta skyline. In addition to their signature vintage-inspired cocktails, Polaris will serve up 4th of July themed specials for the occasion. You'll be able to see all of the night's fireworks displays, from downtown to Stone Mountain, as the rotating restaurant and lounge will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight.

    Don’t Miss: Polaris has crafted a special “Bottle Rocket” cocktail ($11) for the night, made with their own exclusive bourbon, Disaronno, peach liqueur, elderflower tonic and bitters.

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    Whiskey Blue's Fourth of July Extravaganza at W Atlanta – Buckhead

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    Whiskey Blue's Fourth of July Extravaganza at W Atlanta – Buckhead

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: 3377 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA  30326

    Price: Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here. A limited amount of tickets will be available for $45 at the door.

    Need to Know: Celebrate the 4th of July with a special rooftop party at Whiskey Blue (on top of the W Atlanta, Buckhead), where you’ll have one of the city’s best views of Atlanta's biggest firework show from Lenox Square. To help you celebrate the red, white and blue, there will be music from DJ Rimby. Guests can make indoor and outdoor table reservations by calling 678-500-3190.

    Don’t Miss: Crafted just for the 4th of July Extravaganza, Whiskey Blue will serve up classic All-American dishes to enjoy including slow roasted BBQ pork sandwiches, all-beef jumbo hot dogs, local brat and grilled veggie burritos.

     

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    13th Annual Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia

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    13th Annual Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: 3333 Buford Dr NE, Buford, GA 30519

    Price: No entry fees; cost of food and drink only.

    Need to Know: Starting at 5 p.m., Mall of Georgia will host one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations just outside of the city. In addition to a special Village Kids Zone with bounce houses, rock climbing and special visits from Captain America and Wonder Woman, the Joe Hall Band and The Woody’s will bring live music to the Village Amphitheater until 9:30 p.m. The largest spectacle of the night will begin at dusk, when the dazzling fireworks display will (almost!) conclude the night.

    Don’t Miss: The final event of the night will be a post-fireworks screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingly - Part 1 on a 70-foot screen. The showing is part of the mall’s free Movies Under the Stars series.

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    Atlanta Motor Speedway

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    Atlanta Motor Speedway

    Date: July 3, 2015

    Location: 1500 Tara Place Hampton, GA 30228

    Price: Tickets are $8 per person, and kids 5 and under are free. Special in-field parking is available for an extra $20 and includes Show-N-Shine entry.

    Need to Know: Although Atlanta Motor Speedway is a bit of a drive outside the city (about 40 minutes), you won’t want to miss the action-packed night they have planned—there’s a Show-N-Shine car show at 8 p.m., where all vehicle entries will get to take two laps around the AMS track, the O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags drag racing show at 9 p.m., followed by the Papa John's Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza. All first responders, law enforcement personnel and members of the military will receive a $1 discount on admission (buy tickets here by July 2 with the promo code FREEDOM).

    Don’t Miss: Atlanta Motor Speedway allows spectators to bring their own food and drinks into the track for all events. Just make sure everything is in a 14’x14x14’ or...MORE smaller cooler and is free of glass. The best part? You can even BYOB. 

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    Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park

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    Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park

    Date: July 2-5, 2015

    Location: 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

    Price: The laser show and fireworks are free, and entry to the park with a one-day pass is $15 for each vehicle.

    Need to Know: Celebrate Independence Day anytime from July 2nd to July 5th at Stone Mountain Park, complete with the park’s famous Lasershow Spectacular. Expect a finale fit for the holiday: an exciting fireworks show choreographed to patriotic music each night of the celebration. Be sure to arrive at the park early, as access will be closed when capacity is reached.

    Don’t Miss: The “Rockin’ the Rock” pre-show concert is on July 2 and will feature American Authors and Rachel Platten.

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    Red, White & Brews Pub Crawl

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    Red, White & Brews Pub Crawl

    Date: July 3, 2015

    Location: Registration is at Hangovers on 3188 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30305.

    Price: Tickets are $10 until June 27 and $15 starting June 28.

    Need to Know: Star your Independence Day pre-game early with the Atlanta Bar Tours' Red, White and Brews Pub Crawl. There will be USA-themed shots, various drink specials and live music as you pass through the seven different Atlanta bars. Start at Hangovers at 7 p.m. and continue the night with stops at Churchill’s, Lost Dog, 5 Paces Dive Bar, Genki and Red Door. IDs will be checked at each bar.

    Don’t Miss: Each of the bars will have their own specials, but keep an eye out for some of our favorites, like 5 Paces’ free USA shot, Red Door’s $2 Camarena Tequila shots, and Genki’s 15% food special with a crawl wristband, plus $1 Sake shots.

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    Dunwoody 4th of July Parade

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    Dunwoody 4th of July Parade

    Date: July 4, 2015

    Location: The parade will begin on the corner of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road and continue through Dunwoody Village.

    Price: Free to attend.

    Need to Know: Begin your 4th of July with a classic celebration: the Dunwoody 4th of July "Honoring our Educational Stars" parade. Expect floats, animals, marching bands and local celebrities. The parade will also feature Grand Marshals and Dunwoody High School principals.

    Don’t Miss: The parade’s after party in the Dunwoody Village parking lot (where the parade ends). There will be BBQ, hot dogs and live entertainment at no cost to attendees.